THREE STARS FOR STAR ISLAND by Marjory Hall
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THREE STARS FOR STAR ISLAND

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Third in the trilogy about a girls' camp in the Adirondacks, and this is as good as the first one, Star Island (1953) and better than Star Island Again (1955). It is Carolyn again, her engagement to Ken accepted -- though marriage is far away -- and plans for another summer as head counselor at the camp she would some day own. Then comes sad news; the owner of the camp is very ill- and if the camp is to survive, Carolyn must step into her place. It is a challenge; Carolyn isn't sure enough or mature enough- and when her family step into the breach, she is resentful rather than grateful. They head into the summer with thorny emotional problems on various levels, plus a very ticklish financial situation, the camp's survival a touch and go proposition. Carolyn makes lots of mistakes, has her moments of childish tantrums and growing pains; but Ken is there, a solid, dependable support, and Carolyn's mother -- and her sisters- not to mention her brother Pete, all manage to make their parts in the camp picture. Here's a first rate girls' camp story on the management and counselor level. The appeal lies somewhere between the upper half of the 12-15 group, and the lower part of the Young Adults. So try it in both places, and ring in the two earlier books. Many cuts above average on soundness of emotional factors characterization, and the use of really tough problems.

Publisher: Funk & Wagnalls